Washington Examiner, October 2022
With the races for the Senate and the House both effectively being toss-ups heading into the Nov. 8 midterm elections, congressional leaders are largely focused on the inside game to scoop up campaign cash and promptly distribute it to their top candidates.
Candidate campaign events continue to draw the “big four”: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). But campaign rallies are largely taking a backseat to fundraising.
The stakes are high, with parties trying to break the current 50-50 split that favors Democrats due to Vice President Kamala Harris’s tie-breaking vote. House Republicans need to gain only six seats in the 435-member chamber to claim the majority. And with many races expected to be decided by close margins, every dollar matters to advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts.